As of the morning of Wednesday, March 18, a total of 198,006 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 coronavirus were recorded worldwide, reports the CSSE at Johns Hopkins University.

The number of lethal cases has increased to 7,948, according to the Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases dashboard.

At the same time, 81,950 people recovered from the disease.

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In China, there are 81,074 cases, including 3,122 lethal ones. The second-highest rate of infection spread is recorded in Italy with 31,506 cases and 2,503 deaths.

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In Iran, 16,169 people have already been infected and 988 have died. In Spain, there are 11,826 infection cases, including 533 lethal ones.

As UNIAN reported earlier, an outbreak of a novel coronavirus was recorded late December 2019 in the most populous city of Central China, Wuhan. The World Health Organization recognized it as a global emergency, describing it as a multi-cell epidemic.

To date, 14 laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in Ukraine, two of which are lethal.

The country has declared a nationwide quarantine, which will last until April 3.